Slow-starting Howard falls, 2-0 North East gains 2A final

Severna Park tops Dulaney

Field hockey

November 05, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Howard coach Pat Becker said she and her team might have been a little too tense in recent games, and she didn't want that to happen in yesterday's Class 2A state semifinal against North East at Goucher College.

"We tried to be loose," Becker said. "But no matter how you approach it, if you haven't been here, it's difficult to start well."

The Lions, playing in their first state semifinal, did not start well. And it hurt them.

North East, making its fourth straight state semifinal appearance, took a 1-0 lead 52 seconds into the game on a goal by Kelly Starks. It was the only goal the Indians needed.

Howard outshot and often outhustled North East in the second half, but it couldn't finish as North East won, 2-0, getting its second goal on a penalty stroke with 40 seconds left. The Indians (10-6) will play Montgomery County power Bethesda-Chevy Chase, a 7-0 winner over Loch Raven, in Saturday's final.

"I'm very proud of this team. They had a great season," said Becker, whose team finished third in the county (7-1-1) before winning the Class 2A West region. "I'm particularly proud of how they worked together."

Said tri-captain Susan Mancho: "We had a good season. We're all proud that we got this far. We just wish we had gone a little farther."

North East wasted little time at the start, moving down the field and taking the first of its eight first-half penalty corners 36 seconds into the game. Twelve seconds later, Starks scored.

"We might have caught them a little unsure at the beginning," said North East coach Dave Spencer.

"I think our nerves got the best of us," said Howard's Amy Lough.

Said the Lions' Michelle DeYoung: "A lot of players were shocked. We weren't sure what to think. But we knew we had the whole game to score."

Still, North East controlled most of the first half. Howard (10-4-1) showed some spark late in the half when it took three consecutive corners.

"It wasn't until the last two minutes of the first half that we looked like we could win," Becker said."

Howard looked more relaxed and played with more determination in the second half. The Lions outshot North East, 5-0, in the period, and a number of times had the ball in the circle, but couldn't get off a good shot.

"We had a lot of opportunities to score in the second half, but we couldn't get it in," said Becker, who will graduate seven of her 11 starters.

North East scored its second goal after Howard's Amanda Eldridge was given a red card for tripping Jessica Rieder on a breakaway roughly 15 yards before the circle. Starks took the penalty stroke and scored on a good shot to the left side of the cage.

"It's tough to get off to a slow start," said Becker, "but our kids kept plugging away. They played hard."

Severna Park 3, Dulaney 0: Severna Park All-Metro forward Amy Noble scored all the goals in a state Class 4A semifinal at Goucher College.

The Lions actually gave the Falcons many more opportunities, but goalie Heather Benson took care of most of those. The senior keeper finished with 24 saves on 28 Falcons shots.

Benson got a lot of help from defenders Camille Fesche, Clary Creighton and Ericka Lundell.

The Lions controlled the ball in spurts and came on especially strong early in each half.

Dulaney came close to scoring only once, with three minutes left in the game. Lynley Harold took a close-range shot, but the ball rolled just wide of the cage.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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